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Christian Fasting

More and more followers of Christ are discovering the power and benefits of Christian fasting. In fact, Christian fasting is growing at such a fast rate that this site alone has had more 1.5 millioin hits since I started it in December 2007. I hope you take some time to look around this blog and the http://www.Daniel-Fast.com site. It’s packed with lots of information about Christian Fasting and also about The Daniel Fast.

There are several types of Christian fasting. Many people think of totally abstaining from food, which is indeed a type of fast. However, the type of fast that is growing in popularity is a partial fast based on the fasting experiences of the Prophet Daniel. It’s called the Daniel Fast and serves as a type of fast that one can employ during any time of the year and for whatever length of time one feels led.

With that in mind, the benefits of the Daniel Fast are best gained over at least 10 days. Most often the fast is practiced for 21 days, yet this is not a requirement.

The Daniel Fast is a partial fast in that some foods are restricted, but not all. I often explain it to people as a vegan diet with more restrictions. All foods are plant-based and the only beverage is water (see Daniel 1). Additionally, there are no sweeteners, deep fried foods, stimulants (including caffeine), processed foods or man-made chemical on the fast.

When you begin Christian fasting, think of it similar to going on a vacation. You plan your vacation and it has a purpose, you prepare for your vacation before you start it, when you are on your vacation, you behave differently, and when you return from your vacation you reflect on the experience.

Christian fasting is similar in that you will plan, prepare, act differently , and then reflect on your fast when it is complete. The purpose of fasting is to bring you into a closer relationship with God. You are setting into motion a heightened focus on prayer, meditation, study and devotion for a specific purpose.

Please take your time to investigate this blog as you consider your fast. And may you continue to grow in the love and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ as you experience this special discipline of prayer and fasting!

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  1. freespiritshaz #

    Thank you. Great insight.

    January 12, 2012
  2. Daniel Fast Team #

    Welcome to the family Phume!
    Here is a general list of foods allowed to help you on your fast: All fruits, All vegetables, All whole grains, All nuts and seeds, All legumes, All quality oils. Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters, and yes, tap water is good, if that is all you have available. MISC Items: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.
    Foods to Avoid: All meat and animal products, All dairy, All sweeteners (natural and artificial), All leavened bread, All refined and processed food products, All deep fried foods, All solid fats, all Beverages (water is the only drinking beverage on the fast). Drink Lots of Water! As a general guideline, your body needs half its body weight in ounces of water per day, i.e.: 160lbs = 80 oz. of water daily. For a complete list you can order a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines by going to http://www.daniel-fast.com and enter your email address, they will be emailed back to you.
    For scripture suggestions: I encourage you to go to http://www.daniel-fast.com/ click on Spiritual Life, there is a wealth of spiritual aids to help strengthen, build up and encourage you in your journey. God is for you, and we are standing with you for God’s very best in your life! Be Blessed on your Journey!

    October 17, 2011
  3. Phume #

    Hi, I just only now seen this website nd was very intrigues by it..My question is on wat types of foods can I eat? I’m frm South Africa nd this would be my first time fasting in my life..I have only just fully given my life to the Lord a few months ago and still on the journey..I’m also struggling in scriptures and wondering if are there specific scriptures for fasting? Thankx for reading this if you do end up getting it…wil be patiently waiting for a reply..God bless 🙂

    October 17, 2011
  4. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Inacio,
    The Daniel Fast is traditionally done for 21 days, some have gone for longer length of time, and some for shorter. I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit for His direction and leading for your time of fasting and prayer. He has the very best plan for your life, especially with this time while you separate yourself from the world to closer relationship with Him. All who seek Him will find Him! Deuteronomy 4:29, Matthew 7:8, Luke 11:10, Acts 17:27, Psalm 34:4-7 Be Blessed on your Fast!

    August 15, 2011
  5. Inacio Bobo #

    I Want to start fasting but I am facing big problems in my life. Please advise me on how many days my fast can last so that I can overcome the problems.

    August 14, 2011
  6. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Junior,
    Remember, ulimately your relationship between you and the Lord, is between the two of you. He was there when you broke the fast, and He didn’t fall off His throne. He loves you! You’re alright, just be quick to run to Him, repent, recieve forgiveness, and just keep going forward from here!
    It is quite normal, almost to be expected that when one enters into a fast that ‘stuff’ will get stirred up on all fronts. The enemy of our soul hates it when we fast (seperating ourselves from the world to draw close to God) So, he does what we call a counter attack or a backlash. Be encouraged, this is his bluff to get you to back off. Also, learn to discern the things of the spirit, and read between the lines. When this stuff starts to surface, that should be your first encouragement that you are right on target and accomplishing much in the spirit realm, or he wouldn’t be working so hard to distract you! Also, all these things that you mentioned, family problems, relationship issues, emotional and moral problems, all of these didn’t just start to happen when you began to fast. They were there all along, hidden, and now are being forced to the surface for exposure, now they can be dealt with, once and for all. Painful stuff, yes, but not near as painful as co-existing with them! Rejoice, God is faithful to you and your family to deliver! If God be for you, Who can be against you? No weapon formed against you can prosper, and every tongue that rises in judgement against you, you will condemn, This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the LORD! Be Blessed dear one!

    February 16, 2011
  7. Junior #

    I have started the Daniel’s fast and am on day 6 of the fast. The past couple of days have been bringing such hard things in my life, being family problems, relationship problems, emotional, and moral problems. I went out and ate and broke my fast today and messed up. Can i continue with the fast and ask for forgiveness, or should i start back over?

    February 16, 2011
  8. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Jessica,
    If you are asking, Do you have to start the fast over from the beginning, or Just go on from here? Then the answer is to just go on forward from here. God has great plans in store for you!
    Be Blessed dear one on your fast!

    January 14, 2011
  9. Jessica #

    I broke my fast last night and i dont know why but im really really feeling guilty and bad. So i went on my knees and ask God for forgiveness but what i want to know is must i go on with my fast because yesterday was only my 4th day.

    January 13, 2011
  10. Hi Jake,

    Continue on the fast and answer the Lord’s call to learn from Him, your best Teacher. This may be a very powerful time of growth for you with your Lord if you’ll open your heart to the truth He wants to show you. Yes, ask forgiveness, but be sure to learn the lesson.

    Remember, repent means “change.” So examine your heart . . . think about what you will do “next time” you are in a situation of temptation, and grow. Your Father is calling you.

    Be blessed . . . and keep fasting and growing.

    January 13, 2011
  11. Jake #

    If I’m on Day 3 of the Daniel’s fast and I break it by commiting a sexual act that I know that is displeasing to God, should I restart the fast, continue on with the fast and ask for forgiveness of what I did, stop the fast immediately or make up the day at the end of the fast?? plzz help me I really dont know what to do!!

    January 13, 2011
  12. Enola #

    Our church is doing a 21 day fast starting this past Sunday.. Im ecited to see what God does in our lives.Have a bless day!

    January 10, 2011
  13. There are no sweeteners allowed on the Daniel Fast, Elizabeth, so the agave nectar is out. The only beverage is water so drinking juice is not allowed. However you can use pure juices in recipes.

    I hope this helps. Keep studying this blog and the website. You will find all the resources you need for a successful Daniel Fast.

    January 6, 2011
  14. Elizabeth #

    I am trying to make a meal plan for my husband and son who are planning the 21 day Daniel Fast. I found Aguave Nectar in the store and was wondering I can incorporate it in their meals. It is made stirictly from natural Aguave Fruit. No other additives or ingredients. Would that be o.k.? My other question is Orange juice. Some areas I see where people talk about 100% natural OJ from oranges, are they allowed OJ or can I buy oranges and huice them? Is this allowed?

    January 6, 2011
  15. CC #

    Thank you Susan! I shall.

    January 3, 2011
  16. You are in my prayers . . . I do encourage youj to spend time on this blog and my website. Loads of information is here to guide you into a successful Daniel Fast.

    Be blessed as you continue to grow in the love and knowledge of our Lord.

    January 3, 2011
  17. CC #

    Hi Susan,
    Years ago, I use to fast several days at a time. I am in ministry and haven’t fasted for several years (sad and embarrassed to say). I have not been back slidden, but I know God has great things in store for me (for others). I so desire to draw closer to the Lord in order to help other saints in the Lord concerning their walk with God and I want my home delivered from the arguing and negative feelings my children have for each other (often), as well as my sleep deprivation. I know the power of fasting and praying yet I have omitted it. Now that I am truly ready, I falter each time I want to begin. I am unable to purchase your book right now and I’m sure that is the way you give guidance and not by email; so I ask that you pray for me that I can over come this struggle with the enemy and that I can make preparation in my heart mind and soul so that I do not falter time and time again when I start my fast. The Lord has not lead me to a specific fast and I long to know which one is best. My brother and sister in law are beginning the Daniel fast (in another city) and my desire was to also begin. I know it must be what God instructs. Please pray for me..
    B Blessed!

    January 3, 2011
  18. Dear Ruby,

    I receive countless reports from men and women with diabetes who are able to control their BS levels with food on the Daniel Fast. Your pastor is correct in that you want to follow the guidance of your health professional, but this is a very health way to eat!

    You should taper off caffeine before you start the fast. That is part of the preparation. However it sounds like you will start the fast before you have time to do that so drink plenty of water and also eat bananas and canteloupe to help with the withdrawals.

    Be blessed!

    January 3, 2011
  19. Ruby Peters #

    Hello,
    My pastor is calling for a 21 day fast beginning tomorrow January3rd. I’m a diabetic and want to participate. Our pastor encourged us to be mindful of health issues and different medications we’re prescribed. The Daniel’s Fast appears to be one that may not interfere with my medical condition. I would like to hear from others who may have the same medical issue. I drink expresso each morning (20 years). Will I experience withdrawal pain?
    Thank you for providing feedback.
    God Bless!!!

    January 2, 2011
  20. John #

    It’s important to note that some fruit have higher sugar levels and that some fruits sugar levels can even be dangerous. I would say, drink only water as fruits have acidity that could build up in your body during the fast.

    December 5, 2010
  21. Angel #

    Praise the Lord,
    I am very excited to say I am on my forth day of the daniel fast. I actually broke my fast yesterday due to the del mair fair and is under the impression that God will still grant my sacrifice. I feel so blessed to be able to do this and feel stronger and stronger in christ each day. God’s word is the food for our soul and is something we need several times a day to keep moving forward!!!! There is no other way!!

    To God be the glory

    June 27, 2010
  22. Hi Erilyn,

    Starting with a week would be fine, but you might want to examine your heart as to why. If it’s due to events coming up or travel . . . then that would be appropriate. But if it’s because you don’t want to have to go without foods you like for that long . . . then you could probably gain a lot by the extended period. This is just one of the powerful lessons we learn while fasting.

    Be blessed.

    June 1, 2010
  23. Amen Sister!

    I am developing a new 90-day eCourse called Choose Life Now! It’s specifically designed to educate, motivate and support men and women to choose healthy eating as a lifestyle. Your message is right on!

    Be blessed! And thanks for taking the time to write!

    June 1, 2010
  24. Alaskanmama #

    Susan,
    I am on Day 9 of my first Daniel Fast. God impressed upon me the need to fast in order to cleanse my body so that my spirit could also be cleansed. I firmly believe that what I put into my body affects my spirit, and my ability to communicate with the Holy Spirit.

    I have Celiac disease, as well as a dairy allergy, so the Daniel Fast is not a lot different than my “usual” diet. (In theory at least!) In actuality, the Daniel Fast is worlds away from what I have been eating and calling “healthy”. I had decieved myself as to the true nature of what I was eating, and how much of it I was eating. I look forward to carrying on the lessons my body has learned, even after the 21 days is up.

    God also spoke this to me, and I wanted to share it, with those who have ears to hear:

    When we sit at our supper/dinner tables, and ask God to bless the food to the nourishment of our bodies, we should take a moment to acknowledge what type of food we are about to consume. How can we, in good faith, expect God to bless a meal if what we are about to consume is heavily processed, fat and sugar laden, and bears no close resemblance to it’s natural form? These types of food are unhealthy. Period. Regardless of whether we are fasting or not. If we fast for a period of time and are drawn closer to God as a result, what happens when we return to our “regular” diet? I would dare say we lose most of what we gained while fasting.

    I believe that God wants me to make a more permanent change! I want to be able to hear God’s “still, small voice” each and every day! Not just when I’m fasting!

    Thank you so much for this website, and for The Daniel Fast Cookbook!

    Be well, and be blessed!

    Janet Seatz

    June 1, 2010
  25. Erilyn #

    Hello,

    When fasting, would it have to be done for 21 days straight or maybe start off with a whole week and increase the time???

    May 7, 2010
  26. Hi Nikki,

    The Daniel Fast is just one method of fasting. It’s based on the fasting experiences of the prophet as recorded in Daniel 1 and Daniel 10 along with typical Jewish fasting principles. You are fasting, but it’s just not a Daniel Fast.

    I hope this helps!

    February 20, 2010
  27. Hi Shettima,

    This site is solely about the Daniel Fast, so you wouldn’t be doing a Daniel Fast if you switched up how you would eat. On the other hand, if the Holy Spirit is leading you to a specific fast, then that’s the way to go.

    By the way, fasting is not for God. Rather, He created fasting as a spiritual discipline so that we can draw closer to Him and learn of His ways. You may have let yourself down by breaking a commitment — but God is calling you to a wonderful life with Him that is fulfilled by developing a rich and intimate relationshipwith Him.

    I hope this helps!

    February 19, 2010
  28. shettima webb #

    I went seven days without eating anything. I did drink water and juice. I felt so bad because on the 8th day of my 21 day fast which was yesterday, i eat veggies and a spring rolls. I wanted to do a whole 21 day fast and possible 40 day fast without any food but it is very hard. I have never fasted before and for me to go 7 days without food at all is a wow for me. I want a closer relationship with God. So my question is can you switch up fasting meaning maybe this week only eat veggies and fruits and next week drink on water or juice? I am still fasting only eating fruits and veggies but i really wanted to do the full 21 days without eating. I feel bad i feel like i let God down because i had to eat something.

    February 16, 2010
  29. nikki #

    I have been accustumed to fastin for some time now. what I just learned after carefully reading and researching is that the Daniel fast is abstaining from certain foods for whatever time desired. Usually my fast are from sun up to sun down and not abstaining completely ,does that mean that my fast is incomplete.

    Was not AWARE
    NIKKI

    February 14, 2010
  30. Byron #

    I am gonna be doing the Daniel Fast for Lent. So I have ten days for preparation. I really hope this will help bring me closer to God. 🙂

    February 7, 2010
  31. Aneta Mckennon #

    Hi Susan.
    It is the 1st time for me to come across this blog and it would not have happened if I would not have joined a Daniel type fast together with some brothers and sisters in Christ from London.
    I am now in the middle of the fast and I find it very liberating also physically, together with the spiritual impact. I am glad to share with you that in such a time indeed I came to know myself better and to be connected more and deeper with our great God. Praised be Him for all these…
    Thank you for the work you did by gathering such precious information for the benefit of others, mainly.
    May God bless you more in “all kind of good deeds” (2 Corinthians 9:8), as you seek to help others to grow closer in their relationship with God using this way.

    All the best from London,
    Aneta

    February 4, 2010
  32. sarah #

    Jst started the fast yesterday. God spoke to my heart several months ago about doing this. I was a vegan for a long time and then moved into being an unhealthy vegetarian. haha Anyays, he brought it to me through his word.I never realized it was an actual modern day movement in the church. Iistened to a preacher the other day that called his church to this. I only want to know that it is God’s strength that I can do it and not my own. My vegan choice was my own. Sugar cripples me and I can only improve my walk with the Lord when I get rid of it. Keep me in your prayers. Thanks

    January 31, 2010
  33. Hi Mariam,

    The water on the Daniel Fast is water and sweeteners of any kind are not allowed. You can get the Daniel Fast Guidelines at http://www.Daniel-Fast.com, plus I encourage you to pick up a copy of my new paperback book The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory. It’s available at local and online booksellers. You can learn more about it at http://www.Daniel-Fast.com

    Be blessed!

    January 13, 2010
  34. Mariam #

    Hi, my pastor called a corporate fast for the whole church.
    an its a Daniel Fast, well I bought all fresh veg. an fruit.
    I gave up the biggest thing ever for me……caffienated coffee!!!!!
    Though I do drink decafe…only use my sweenter.
    Thats the only thing I use sweetner in, is it that bad?

    I don’t eat choc, or meat, an I am reallyyyyyyy wanting a break through…so I am choosing to do whatever I have to.

    I do believe it has more about spending time with Him…an as my pastor said there are 3 kinds of fast.

    Word Fast, Food Fast, an Time Fast.

    word fast is the hardest……..no complaining,or anything against the Word.

    God bless,
    Mariam

    January 11, 2010
  35. flygurlual #

    Excellent content! I had completed a 21 day fast, years ago and it was the only time in my life I actually heard the Audible voice of the Lord. It was so incredible that I have desired to experience this again. Not to mention the power in my prayers that accompanies this.
    I have posted your blog link. Thank you!
    Carrie

    January 11, 2010
  36. Hi Kairyn,

    I can’t recall where that is, but I devote a whole section of my new book with preparatin. It’s an important and vital step for a successful fast.

    I do want to let you and others know that my new paperback book is packed with information and recipes for the fast. It’s already sold out of a lot of stores, but i just checked and you can find it at Barnes & Noble and Books a Million.

    The fact that the book is already selling shows that thousands of God’s children are starting the New Year with prayer and fasting!

    January 9, 2010
  37. kairyn #

    I was looking for the comment u posted about preparing our food ahead of time so we dont get carried away with what to eat! but to keep our minds on the fast and God!

    January 9, 2010
  38. michelle mitchell #

    can you drink 100% juice no sugar added?

    December 28, 2009
  39. Hi Bickson,

    Yes, you can see by reading Daniel 1 that he drank only water and ate only “pulses,” which are foods grown from seed. So water is totally acceptable on the Daniel Fast.

    Be blessed!

    December 9, 2009
  40. Bickson Zulu #

    When you are fasting are you allowed to drink water.

    November 27, 2009

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